|Babies||Walkers to 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
Learning to kick a ball requires many skills coming together at once. They have to understand that they are capable of propelling the ballby connecting with it with their body. Once they have the balance to stand and walk (usually around the age of 2) they will be able to push the ball forward using a foot. Gradually they learn to adjust the pressure of their push to control the speed of the ball. As they grow older and develop they can learn to swing their foot back behind them prior to kicking to give more force. They will also be able to learn to control the direction of the ball.
- A variety of different sized balls
One to two weeks
How it works
Children will be using their feet to practice kicking
What to do in the class
Give out a variety of different sized balls. If you have younger children in your class or less experienced ones, use large beach balls or big sponge balls to make it easier for them to make contact with the ball. Demonstrate what kicking looks like and then get the children to kick their balls. Explain to the parents that they will need to ensure the balls are stationary at first to help their children. Don’t worry about direction at the moment, but instead encourage the children to travel around the hall, kicking their balls and chasing after it.
With older children, encourage them to try to keep the balls moving by chasing after the ball and kicking it again before it stops completely. Use smaller balls for children who are finding it too easy.